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Utilization of Preexisting Information as a Prefill/Preselection, Reordering, or Subset Determinant

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015242D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an invention to solve the problem of a selection box/combo box containing a large selection list from which the user must select an item without the utilization of preexisting information. The selection box contains a large list from which the user must select one. This is normally accomplished by scrolling through the list to find the desired selection and then selecting it. However, the selection that the user is being asked to make may be accomplished either automatically or semi-automatically. Automatic selection would involve the selection being made without user interaction. Semi-automatic selection, which could also be considered as "selection assistance", could be accomplished in one of three ways:

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  Utilization of Preexisting Information as a Prefill/Preselection, Reordering, or Subset Determinant

Disclosed is an invention to solve the problem of a selection box/combo box containing a large selection list from which the user must select an item without the utilization of preexisting information. The selection box contains a large list from which the user must select one. This is normally accomplished by scrolling through the list to find the desired selection and then selecting it. However, the selection that the user is being asked to make may be accomplished either automatically or semi-automatically. Automatic selection would involve the selection being made without user interaction. Semi-automatic selection, which could also be considered as "selection assistance", could be accomplished in one of three ways:

1) Preselection: the selected value being preselected so that the user just has to confirm the selection instead of scrolling to find the selection before confirming/making the selection,
2) Reordering: a group of most likely selection values being moved to the top of the list so that the user could make the selection without having to scroll as far to find the selection further down the list, or
3) Subset: all of the choices are removed except for a subset of choices which represent the most likely selection values.

Preselection

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The invention uses preexisting information to preselect the most likely selection. For example, a web page has a drop-down list for the user to select the country from which they are browsing so that the browser output can be customized for that country. But, the HTTP headers already contain preferred locale information in the Accept-Language header. The header contains one or more locales consisting of language and country designations. Given this information, the drop-down list could have the country or language preselected so that the user doesn't have to scroll down to the country or language. The user would just have to confirm the selection by clicking on the "OK" or equivalent button.

For example, IBM's web site has a page to "Select a country" from which the user is supposed to select their country (http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/select/); see the Figure. The number of the countries in the world is quite large, so the list of countries is so long that it is unwieldy.

Figure - http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/select/

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If the user was in the United States, the user would have to scroll all the way down to the U's to find United States before clicking the "Go" button. But, the HTTP request's Accept-Language field contains the locale "en-us" which means English and United States. So, the drop-down list could have United States preselected so that all the user has to do to select United States is to click the "Go" button.

Reordering

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Reordering is similar to the Preselection example detailed above, except the value that would be preselec...